The ability to express ourselves in a foreign language brings confidence and gives us access to ideas, aspirations, and the depth and breadth of expression from a variety of cultures. We support all pupils to learn a foreign language by developing their oral, reading, and writing skills so as to prepare them for their global future. Pupils will be introduced to other cultures and ways of thinking. The more languages pupils speak the more work opportunities will be available to them in the future.

The Curriculum

We want pupils to develop the confidence to communicate in French for practical purposes, using both written and spoken French. Through the learning of another language, we also aim to foster our children’s curiosity about the world around them and the cultures of other people.

The four key language learning skills; listeningspeakingreading and writing will be taught and all necessary grammar will be covered in an age-appropriate way across the secondary phase. This will enable pupils to use and apply their learning in a variety of contexts, laying down solid foundations.

Key Stage 3

Pupils will learn the basics and then develop their oracy, reading and writing skills through tasks that meet the demands of the National Curriculum. French films are studied such as Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis and Les Choristes in order for pupils to develop listening skills.

Key Stage 4

Pupils have the opportunity to opt for GCSE French in Year 9. Skills learned in KS3 are developed and pupils have the chance to use their French in a variety of settings.

Specification: GCSE French

Resources and Home Learning

The French Department is located in the middle block. The classrooms have interactive whiteboards, displays of language points and iPads to support pupils’ learning.

Pupils have the opportunity to develop their French by using language apps and YouTube clips to develop pronunciation skills. Pupils research aspects of France and French culture.

In KS4, a wide range of tasks are used-preparation for assessments, timed assessments, reading authentic texts and practising examination questions.

The Department is involved in Erasmus activities, Business Language Champion workshops, and visits to Aberystwyth University MFL Department.